Author: Garrett Stolen

Proud Theater to Hold 3rd Annual LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Event in March

This year’s Connections conference explores personal and global milestones in the LGBTQ+ community

Proud Theater, in collaboration with Trinity United Methodist Church, PFLAG-Madison, and the First United Methodist Church of Madison, will hold its Third annual LGBTQ+ intergenerational conference, ‘Connections III: Portraits of Us’. The event is open to members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community, and will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Avenue, in Madison, Wisconsin, from 9am to 4:30pm.

Designed to bring together multiple generations of the LGBTQ+ community, Connections was developed in 2016 with the express purpose of building positive bonds among LGBTQ+ community members of all ages. The conference is a laid back day of fun, storytelling, and interactive activities that explore the intersectionality between LGBTQ+ generations and promotes mutual sharing and understanding between all who attend. This year, the Connections conference will focus on building bridges between generations and focus on stories that define the LGBTQ+ community – both globally and personally. Lunch and snacks will be served throughout the day.
 
“We had a tremendous amount of fun at our last two conferences getting to know so many people in our community”, Proud Theater Executive Director Brian Wild commented recently. “The experience of hearing so many amazing life stories and having the youth and elders of our community bond through personal storytelling was incredibly inspiring, and we’re going to continue building the Milestones Wall we started last year with the personal stories that define us!”
 
Wild developed the idea of an LGBTQ+ intergenerational conference through his work with the youth of Proud Theater. “I realized that, aside from the mentors of Proud Theater, many of our youth had no real connection to the generations that preceded them”, Wild stated. “Likewise, I started thinking about how much I, personally, have learned from the youth over the years and felt that other older members of the LGBTQ+ community could not only get a chance to share their stories, but would also gain valuable insight and inspiration from the incredible work our youth are doing as they propel LGBTQ+ equality forward. We all need role models, no matter how young or old we are.”
 
Registration for ‘Connections III: Portraits of Us’ begins January 18, 2018, and registration forms can be requested by sending an email to reservations@proudtheater.org. Space is limited, and a donation between $5 and $20 dollars is suggested to attend. Parking is available at the Dayton/Pinckney Ramp across from the church; however, parking at the church is reserved for those with special mobility needs.
 
Event organizers are also looking for a diversity of volunteers to assist in the development of the conference, as well as to help out on the day of the event. If interested in volunteering or becoming part of the development team, send inquiries to info@proudtheater.org.
 
If you would like to become a financial sponsor of the event, tax-deductible donations can be sent to Proud Theater-Connections at PO Box 6306, Monona WI 53716, or made via PayPal through the link on the Proud Theater website. Various levels of sponsorship are available, and all donations should be specified for the Connections event when submitted.
 
For more information on ‘Connections III: Portraits of Us’, call 608-222-9086.

Proud Theater Wisconsin to Establish New Chapter in Green Bay with Support From the LaForce Family Foundation

Wisconsin’s own Proud Theater is coming to Green Bay. Proud Theater is an award-winning program of Art & Soul Innovations that encourages LGBTQI+ and allied young people between the ages of 13 and 18 years old to share their personal stories through original theatrical works that they present to the community throughout the school year.
To establish the Green Bay chapter, which has received support from the LaForce Family Foundation, Proud Theater officials will be on-hand for an informational session for interested youth and adults on September 23, 2017. The session will be held in the University Union (Phoenix Room C, the first room on the right when entering the Union; 2420 Nicolet Drive) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Proud Theater – Green Bay will ultimately provide mentoring and opportunities for creative expression for area LGBTQI+ and allied youth, ages 13-19.
Establishing this chapter requires the active participation of adults with a wide range of skill sets. We especially encourage those with a background in theater and the performing arts, publicity, fundraising, and community outreach to attend, as well as those interested in being mentors for LGBTQI+ youth in the region, or who are willing to assist with the overall development of the chapter. If that’s you, please attend!
Established by the children of Joe and Eleanor “Mac” LaForce, founders of LaForce, Inc., the LaForce Family Foundation continues Joe and Mac’s spirit of generous philanthropy in the Green Bay community and beyond for efforts related to education, entrepreneurship and community-building.
If you want to help and are unable to attend, or if you have any questions, contact Executive Director Brian Wild at (608) 222-9086 or info@proudtheater.org.We look forward to seeing you for our informational session!

Proud Theater-Wausau Presents ‘A Rainbow Appears’

On June 2nd and June 3rd, Proud Theater-Wausau will present its 2017 show, ‘A Rainbow Appears’. It will be an evening written and performed by the youth of Proud Theater-Wausau.

Proud Theater-Wausau is a youth LGBTQ+ and allied theater group that writes original material based on the life experiences of the members. The evening is filled with laughter and tears, song and spoken word.

‘A Rainbow Appears’ is presented with help from a grant from The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, The Grenheck Foundation and The Wisconsin Arts Board.

Friday and Saturday evenings June 2 & 3 at 7 pm
Wausau Community Theatre Building
136 Summer Street
Schofield

Adults $10 Students $5
tickets sold at the door

Proud Theater-Madison Presents ‘Fearlessly Queer’

Madison, WisconsinThursday, May 4, 2017 — Art & Soul Innovations, in collaboration with Stage Q, presents ‘Proud Theater: Fearlessly Queer’ – an exciting evening of theater, music, spoken word, poetry and dance written by and starring the talented youth of Proud Theater Madison, the city’s premier Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer/Questioning and Allied youth theater troupe.

‘Proud Theater: Fearlessly Queer’ opens May 25, 2017, at the Bartell Theatre, 113 East Mifflin Street, in Madison, Wisconsin, and runs through May 27 with shows at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a special matinee showing on May 27 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for students with ID and can purchased in advance by calling the Bartell Theatre Box Office at (608) 661-9696, or by visiting the Bartell Theatre Ticket Page at bartelltheatre.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door before each show.

As with acclaimed shows ‘Anthology’, (2014), ‘Fired Up!’ (2015), and ‘Sky Full of Stars’ (2016), ‘Fearlessly Queer’ tackles many of the issues affecting young people today and does so with humor, heart and honesty. Sometimes outrageous, sometimes profound, the youth share their voices with the community in a no-holds barred and uncensored way.  This year the youth take a look at gender identity, politics, body image, transphobia, and the world at large.

Proud Theater is a program of Art and Soul Innovations (artandsoulinnovations.org), and enjoys generous financial support from the Mukti Fund, The LaForce Family Foundation, By Youth For Youth, and from many other community organizations around the state. Trinity United Methodist Church hosts the organization throughout the rehearsal season.  This will be Proud Theater’s 6th collaboration with Stage Q since 2005.

For more info on Proud Theater or ‘Proud Theater: Fearlessly Queer’ contact the organization at info@proudtheater.org, or call Proud Theater at 608-222-9086. Tax-deductible donations to the organization can be sent to: Proud Theater, PO Box 6306, Monona WI 53716, or via PayPal at www.proudtheater.org. If you wish to donate specifically to Proud Theater-Madison, please note this on your donation.